California school district spending and test scores

La Grange Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does La Grange Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,858   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

819   Median: 783

$17,858 spent per student ($236,980 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Twin Ridges Elementary $18,518
Plum Valley Elementary $18,476
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Carmel Unified $17,451
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cox Bar Elementary (12.30) $26,617
Forks of Salmon Elementary (11.30) $23,037
Coffee Creek Elementary (10.90) $22,657
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) $21,220
Silver Fork Elementary (13.70) $19,251
La Grange Elementary (13.30) $17,858
Lincoln Elementary (14.30) $13,816
Spending per student in adjacent districts
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified $12,333
Sonora Union High $9,338
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary $9,272
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Mariposa County Unified $9,101
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
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819 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Claremont Unified 819
Martinez Unified 819
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
La Grange Elementary 819
McCloud Union Elementary 819
Old Adobe Union Elementary 818
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
La Grange Elementary (13.30) 819
Lincoln Elementary (14.30) 791
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) N/A
Silver Fork Elementary (13.70) N/A
Cox Bar Elementary (12.30) N/A
Forks of Salmon Elementary (11.30) N/A
Coffee Creek Elementary (10.90) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary 827
La Grange Elementary 819
Mariposa County Unified 797
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Jamestown Elementary 770
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified 762
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A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12